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2 Forgive my follies past,

The crimes which I have done ;
O, bid a contrite sinner live,

Through thy incarnate Son.
3 Guilt, like a heavy load,

Upon my conscience lies;
To thee I make my sorrows known,

And lift my weeping eyes.
4 The burden which I feel,

Thou only canst remove;
Display, O Lord, thy pardoning grace,

And thy unbounded love.
5 One gracious look of thine

Will ease my troubled breast;
O, let me know my sins forgiven,

And I shall then be blest.

484.
L. M.

WATTS. Pardon penitently implored. 1 SHOW pity, Lord; O Lord, forgive;

Let a repenting rebel live ;
Are not thy mercies large and free?

May not a sinner trust in thee?
2 My crimes, though great, cannot surpass

The power and glory of thy grace;
Great God, thy nature hath no bound;

So let thy pardoning love be found. 3 0, wash my soul from every sin,

And make my guilty conscience clean,
Here, on my heart, the burden lies,

And past offences pain mine eyes.
4 My lips, with shame, my sins confess,

Against thy law, against thy grace;
Lord, should thy judgment grow severe,

I am condemned, but thou art clear. 5 Should sudden vengeance seize my breath,

I must pronounce thee just in death;
And if my soul were sent to hell,
Thy righteous law approves it well.

6 Yet save a trembling sinner, Lord,

Whose hope, still hovering round thy word, Would light on some sweet promise there, Some sure support against despair.

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C. M.

WATTS.
Pleading the Death of Christ.
1 O GOD of mercy, hear my call;

My load of guilt remove;
Break down this separating wall

That bars me from thy love.
2 Give me the presence of thy grace;

Then my rejoicing tongue
Shall speak aloud thy righteousness,

And make thy praise my song.
3 No blood of goats, nor heifer slain,

For sin could e'er atone;
The death of Christ shall still remain

Sufficient and alone.
1 A soul oppressed with sin's desert,

My God will ne'er despise ;
A broken and a contrite heart

Is our best sacrifice.

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C. M.

WATTS. Repentance in View of divine Patience. 1 AND are we, wretches, yet alive?

And do we yet rebel ?
"Tis boundless, 'tis amazing love,

That bears us up from hell.
2 The burden of our weighty guilt

Would sink us down to flames;
And threatening terror rolls above,

To crush our feeble frames.
3 Almighty goodness cries, “Forbear,"

And straight the thunder stays;
And dare we now provoke his wrath,

And weary out his grace?

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4 Lord, we have long abused thy love,

Too long indulged our sin;
Our aching hearts now bleed to see

What rebels we have been.
5 No more, ye lusts, shall ye command;

No more will we obey;
Stretch out, O God, thy conquering hand,

And drive thy foes away.

487.

L. M.

STEELE.

Sense of Sin.
1 JESUS demands this heart of mine,

Demands my love, my joy, my care ;
But, ah, how dead to things divine,

How cold, my best affections are ! 2 'Tis sin, alas! with dreadful power,

Divides my Saviour from my sight;
O for one happy, shining hour

Of sacred freedom, sweet delight! 3 Come, gracious Lord; thy love can raise

My captive powers from sin and death, And fill my heart and life with praise,

And tune my last, expiring breath.

488.

C. M.

C. WESLEY. Prayer for Repentance. 10 FOR that tenderness of heart

Which bows before the Lord,
That owns how just and good thou art,

And trembles at thy word!
2 O for those humble, contrite tears,

Which from repentance flow,
That sense of guilt, which, trembling, fears

The long-suspended blow! 3 O Lord, to me in pity give

For sin the deep distress,
The pledge thou wilt at last receive,

And bid me die in peace.

4 O, fill my soul with faith and love,

And strength to do thy will ;
Raise my desires and hopes above;

Thyself to me reveal.

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L. M.

COLLYER. Returning to God. 1 RETURN, my wandering soul, return,

And seek an injured Father's face;
Those warm desires that in thee burn

Were kindled by redeeming grace. 2 Return, my wandering soul, return,

And seek a Father's melting heart;
His pitying eyes thy grief discern,

His heavenly balm shall heal thy smart. 3 Return, my wandering soul, return;

Thy dying Saviour bids thee live;
Go, view his bleeding side, and learn

How freely Jesus can forgive.
4 Return, my wandering soul, return,

And wipe away the falling tear; 'Tis God who says, “ No longer mourn;"

'Tis mercy's voice invites thee near.

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L. M.

DODDRIDGE Secret Self-Examination. 1 RETURN, my roving heart, return,

And life's vain shadows chase no more; Seek out some solitude to mourn,

And thy forsaken God implore.
2 0 thou great God, whose piercing eye

Distinctly marks each deep retreat,
In these sequestered hours draw nigh,

And let me here thy presence meet. 3 Through all the windings of my heart,

My search let heavenly wisdom guide, And still its radiant beams impart

Till all be known and purified.

4 Then let the visits of thy love

My inmost soul be made to share,
Till every grace combine to prove
That God has fixed his dwelling there.

491.

S. M.

CowPER.
Trembling Solicitude.
1 MY former hopes are fled;

My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead

In trespasses and sins.
2 Ah, whither shall 1 fly?

I hear the thunder roar;
The law proclaims destruction nigh,

And vengeance at the door.
3 When I review my ways,

1 dread impending doom;
But, hark ! a friendly whisper says,

« Flee from the wrath to come.”
4 I see, or think I see,

A glimmering from afar,
A beam of day that shines for me,

To save me from despair.
5 Forerunner of the sun,

It marks the pilgrim's way;
I'll gaze upon it while I run,

And watch the rising day.

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C. M.

WATTS.

Sense of Depravity.
1 GREAT King of glory and of grace,

We own, with humble shame,
How vile is our degenerate race,

And our first father's name.
2 We live estranged, afar from God,

And love the distance well;
With haste we run the dangerous road

That leads to death and hell

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